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Owl Termly Focus

Owl Termly Focus

Termly Focus - Summer Term 2021

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This term during our “On The Move” topic we will be exploring a range of different vehicles and concepts that relate to travel and change.

During our numeracy sessions we will continue to focus on interpreting and creating different types of graphs. We will collect our own data, linked to transport, that we will then put into a graph allowing us to share our findings with others. The class will also be learning all about fractions, how to read and write them through the use of physical resources and practical activities. There will be ongoing projects for the class which will focus on life skills such as buying and paying for cars, purchasing train tickets and reading timetables. In addition to this, throughout the term we will also revisit the concepts of addition, subtraction and multiplication.

In literacy the whole class will be working to strengthen their current skills whilst learning new ones such as self-checking their work and using their initiative to find answers to their questions. There will also be a strong focus on using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops and the children will have self-check cards to ensure they have included all elements.

The literacy and thinking skills project that will run throughout the term will involve the whole class creating their own booklet all about different modes of transport, or their favourite type of transport. Some children will learn new skills on the Mac Chrome books to create certain pages and others will be using their phonic and signing knowledge to write text to match their illustrations.

Throughout all the remaining areas of the curriculum we will look at the history of transport, how and why different vehicles have adapted and changed. We will explore other countries and research the unusual types of transport that are used and why as well as identifying these places on a World map. Another area of interest to the children is ‘recycling’ so as a class we will learn about the journey of the different materials as they are reused or recycled, as well as watching videos showing the inner workings of a recycling plant.

In Art the children will spend a few weeks designing and creating their own hot air balloon and they will use their Science and D&T sessions to create their own shoebox vehicle.

It is a topic that has captured the interest of the whole class as they have always shown a love for transport, world maps and creating. I am confident that this will be yet another wonderful term with plenty of amazing pieces of work to share throughout.

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Termly Focus - Spring Term 2021

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Our topic this term is “Weather Around the World” and we have lots of exciting activities planned.

In our numeracy lessons we have already started to collect data about the weather which we will use in the coming weeks to create bar and line graphs. Each day we have been recording the temperature, wind speed, wind direction and weather condition in our own booklets and have used compasses and wind streamers to find the answers. Other areas that we will cover in numeracy this term are; months of the year, seasons, telling the time and money. 

Across our literacy lessons we will be researching both fiction and non-fiction books allowing us to identify the key features for when we create our own. We will be learning how to write newspaper articles, information booklets, about animal habitats and different climates, as well as using our imagination to write our own fictional story about a crazy weather day. We have already started to use the story of ‘Noah’s Ark’ to influence our work and we will also look at ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ alongside a variety of non-fiction weather books.

The children will also be engaging in lots of sensory and exploration activities using different materials. They will have challenges set which will include, freeing plastic animals from ice to testing the durability of objects and seeing whether they are waterproof. We will also create shadow puppets when investigating night and day, design and create kites and write their own weather forecast which they will present to the class, amongst many other activities.

After speaking with the children we have chosen to place a strong focus on self help skills and learning to self-resource items they may need, to complete their tasks. Already in the few weeks we have been back we have seen some wonderful independent decision making so we will continue encouraging them to stretch and challenge themselves by providing them with roles and responsibilities in class.

It has been great to see that the children have already started the year working hard and applying themselves to all the tasks they have been given. Weather is a wonderful topic that allows for a broad scope of learning to take place and they have all shown lots of interest when learning about the different activities we have planned. I look forward to sharing their amazing work with you. 

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Termly Focus - Autumn Term 2020

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Welcome back to school, Owls!
We have three returning students and nine new Owls who have moved up from foxes. Everyone came in full of beans last Tuesday and all the children have made a wonderful start.
In the Autumn term, we have two termly topics. We start this half term with 'All creatures great and small'. After half term, we are moving on to 'Festivals'.
We are going to be learning all sorts about animals who live in different habitats. We will be making huge, collaborative sculptures and collages in art and will be using music and drama to explore the features of different creatures.
Funny stories, poems and non-fiction books about animals will be enjoyed individually and in groups. If your child has a favourite animal book or poem, we can share these with his or her classmates.
We have a trip to the woods in October, and hope to find lots of interesting creatures there. But we will also be going out regularly into the local community - social distancing of course - to develop independence skills off-site.
Whilst the coffee shop is closed on Fridays, we will be cooking on Thursdays in class so that we can all enjoy a class coffee shop treat on Friday mornings.  Celebrations of work and praise assemblies will be held on a Friday too. Look out for stickers and certificates when the children get home.
Until things are more normal, there is no swimming at Driffield pool for our class. Those children who need hydrotherapy will access a session in the small pool to ensure they get the interventions they need. PE days are Fridays and we have booked the rebound room for Friday pm too.
Any concerns or suggestions are welcomed via email or class diaries so that we can work together and make this year a fantastic one for all.
Thank you for all the support you have offered already,
Julie (and the team).

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Owl Termly Focus - Spring 2020

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Our Owls were very happy to come back and catch up with all their friends last week. We are delighted that the topic this term is called, 'Tell Me a Story'. We love stories! We are going to get really stuck into a few food stories, starting with James and the Giant Peach.

We're going to use the stories to make some delicious foods. We began this week, comparing fresh peaches and tinned and giving marks out of 10. Other stories include: Mr Wolf's pancakes and The Giant Jam Sandwich. Please enjoy as many books as you can at home or at your local library. 

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Autumn Term 2019

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At the start of this new academic year, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all children, parents and carers to our 'Owls' class. Our class consists of 11 pupils from Year 6 and 7 - who have already made a wonderful start. The staff team comprises me (Julie ) as class teacher and our 5 dedicated and experienced LSAs - Rachael, Julie, Jess, Sarah and Charley.
This term we are following the theme of 'A Night at the Museum'. Activities will be fun, interactive, practical and messy and will involve lots of horrible histories as we explore the past. For example, we are planning archaeological digs, medieval medicine, lots of arty sessions and cookery or food tasting of dishes through the ages.
We also have a Forest School trip, regular swimming after half term and trips into the community planned. 
Please feel free to contact the team at any point with questions or worries. 
I look forward to building positive and supportive relationships with all our parents to help the children to have a fantastic year,
Julie.

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Class 4

Science

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Today we completed a science experiment looking at what plants need to grow. We planted sunflowers, however each sunflower was missing one of its basic needs. We look forward to seeing how and if they have grown next week. 

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Bake off

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Today in Class 4 we have made cupcakes. We made chocolate and vanilla they  looked really nice however we have yet to taste them. We are sure they will be yummy ! 

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Half term

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Our topic this term is 'Farm to Fork ' and Class 4 have been looking at the topic 'Grow it eat it ' . We have really enjoyed this half of the term. We hope you have a lovely half term. 

Class 4 

                

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Bird food

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Today in Class 4 we have been making bird food. We have looked into how important birds are to spreading seeds for plants then to grow. We created the bird food by combining Lard and Bird seed together. The children really enjoyed this activity.

       

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We are going on a bear hunt.

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In Science we explored the use of sound and how we hear things. We looked at the story ' We're going on a bear hunt' and used musical instruments to create our own musical story. 

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